All About the Arts Dog Dayz Arts Pop-up at Historic St Margaret’s in Red Hook



(RED HOOK, NY) — This summer, a pop-up arts festival, Dog Dayz, will be hosted by the Red Hook Community Arts Network at the historic St. Margaret’s building in Red Hook.  From early August through mid-September, art exhibits and workshops will be presented, including a full weekend of live performances on August 22-23 featuring music, dance, and author readings including:

*Imagination Station Children’s Theatre performance

*Musicians Austin Barney, Dave Feroe, Lannie Bold and Jan Ross

*Riva Weinstein leading meditation walks on the grounds

*Karl Volk sharing stories of his childhood in wartime Germany

*The River Flows Two Ways dance and ambient guitar music

*Art Exhibits by Robert Lipgar, Rosalie Rossi, Dana Matthews and Ben Pinder in four large rooms on the walls of St Margaret’s.

An opening reception will be held on the grand front porch of St Margaret’s from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 21.  Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, listen to music, enjoy fare from The Boardwalk Bistro Food Truck, and tour the grounds and interior of St. Margaret’s.

St Margaret’s is a red brick Italianate Mansion built by Margaret Armstrong Astor in 1853 as an orphan asylum. It continued to house and school children until the 1920s, at which time it passed in to private ownership. The most recent utilization of the building was as a halfway house until 1991, when it was vacated and became overgrown and derelict. In 2006, the property was purchased by Hannaford grocery store’s parent company and donated to the town of Red Hook.  A group of local citizens worked diligently to save the building by securing a grant for repairs to the roof and porch which stabilized the building, but further restoration will be required to bring St Margaret’s back to its former glory.

The Red Hook Community Arts Network was founded in 2010 to highlight and nurture Red Hook’s rich artistic community, and promote Red Hook as an arts destination through a series of events and ongoing projects.  These include the award-winning Sculpture Expo, the Red Hook Film Festival, Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival, ongoing exhibits and workshops as well as other arts-related collaborations. Dog Dayz Arts Fest embodies the collaborative nature of Red Hook CAN by joining forces with the Town of Red Hook, local businesses, Historic Red Hook, and the local artist community.

All events in the month of August are free and open to the public.  For details about times and events go to or email

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